Andy had actually asked me to write this blog post, and I was honored to do so. But, it’s still been an incredibly difficult piece to write, and as such, I have put it off for a few months because I couldn’t quite find the words.
Andy’s grandmother, Grandma Cummins, passed away at the end of March. She was just a few months shy of her 92nd birthday. Before she passed away, she lived long enough to meet 2 of her 3 great-great-grandbabies.
I didn’t know Grandma Cummins well; in fact, I had only met her twice. Once before Thanksgiving and for the last time last March. After the wedding, Andy and I had planned to visit her again, but time slipped away from us. At Christmastime, we had planned to visit, but then I got sick. Then, Grandma got sick(er) and wasn’t feeling well enough for visitors anymore. I feel terrible knowing we were so close (just 3 hours away) but didn’t visit after the wedding, but Andy had seen her more in the past year than in the previous five years which is a small comfort to us both.
Andy and I made the trip to Indianapolis for the funeral and to be with family (although our time was brief, as I had to return to work early the next morning.) It was so neat to see all of her old photos and read her journal of the year that she and Grandpa spent traveling across the continental US plus Canada and Alaska. I looked at one of the photos, taken of Grandma and Grandpa on their honeymoon, and it made me giggle. They were in a canoe, the camera was perched on one of the canoe seats, and they were kissing. I thought it was adorable, and mentioned to Andy how Grandma & Grandpa coined the cute couple selfies before selfies were a thing 😉
Andy’s dad, George, delivered the obituary at the funeral. It was a beautiful obituary and spoke about Grandma’s wisdom as part of the “Greatest Generation.” With George’s permission, I’m sharing a few quotes of Grandma’s wisdom that still ring true today.
- Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow.
- Don’t rest on your laurels. Keep making an effort, even when you have achieved your goal.
- Budget. Spend less than you make. Save some money and tithe from every paycheck.
- Get things done, then relax.
Grandma Cummins loved putting together puzzles. As George and Paige put together puzzles with Grandma in her last few months, he realized how life is like a puzzle. The small pieces seem inconsequential, but when you leave a hole, you know they’re missing. Life is made up of the everyday moments, the small pieces, more than just the overall puzzle. We don’t spend much time looking at a puzzle once it is completed; instead, the joy is in the building of the puzzle.
Although we are sad at losing Grandma Cummins here on Earth, we know that she is perfectly healed and in the presence of our Savior. We rest easy knowing that because we have accepted Jesus, we will see her again someday soon.